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published in EarthLines Magazine

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What they say about In Search of Grace

Peter Reason tackles huge themes with clarity and intelligence. Through his own private pilgrimage he asks how a modern citizen can live on good terms with the rest of nature's glorious republic. And what can we do to honour the four billion year old miracle that has given us the gift of life? This is an important and challenging work.
Mark Cocker, author of Crow Country and Claxton: Field Notes from a Small Planet

Peter Reason puts to sea, to navigate the islands of the west – Ireland and Scotland – in a purposeful wandering. This man in a boat is on an ecological pilgrimage and apart from having the skills and temperament to avoid capsize and deadly rocks, to weather storms and just not drown in a wild ocean that has us landlubbers shaking in our boots, there is work to do. How do you explore a deeper connection with the wild, the more-than-human world? How can a spiritual response to Nature support the pragmatic prevention of those destructive impulses that are causing such a dreadful state of affairs in the natural world? How do you articulate an experience of those unexpected and spontaneous sacred moments? This account from the liminal edge between these notions goes much further than anyone contemplating a sightseeing voyage would dare. And grace? Well, I have a feeling there’s more to the little yacht Coral, swinging gently at anchor waiting for the wind to fill her sails, than words can say.
Paul Evans, author of Field Notes from the Edge: Journeys through Britain’s Secret Wilderness

In Search of Grace is a remarkable achievement. On one level it records an impressive adventure – a single-handed sail up the west coast of Ireland and through Scotland’s Western Isles. Peter Reason records with great clarity the journey’s perils and joys. But all the while he is thinking, contemplating the plight of the planet and his own involvement in its ecology, drawing on a lifetime’s reading. The result is a thrilling book – immediate, wide-ranging and profound.
Philip Marsden, author of The Levelling Sea and Rising Ground.

In an age of ecological crisis, perhaps humanity itself needs a pilgrimage. Perhaps we need to seek out the truth of who we are and what we have done, and leave a space for some kind of transformative grace to enter. Peter Reason’s journey may show some of us the way. His book is both brave and necessary.
Paul Kingsnorth, author of The Wake and Beast

In his years at the University of Bath, Peter Reason rose to prominance as a brave pioneer of Action Research--a participative approach to scholarly and whole life inquiry, that refuted narrow reductionism. Now, in this meditatively written and rich interwoven account, he takes his inquiry futher. Sailing his boat around the seas of Celtic lands, he gains insights into these our troubled times, as glimpsed through the cracks of a deeper grace belonging to this planet Earth.
Alastair McIntosh, author of Poacher's Pilgrimage: An Island Journey

How do we create a new healing relationship between the human and the more than human world and discover a new sense of what it means to be a responsible species? These are urgent questions for us all, if we going to learn how to change from destroying the planet to restoring it. Peter Reason is a poetic story-teller, a courageous pilgrim, a questioning philosopher and an explorer of the emergent, who beautifully and generously shares his ‘moments of grace’ at home and at sea, in ways that can illumine our own journeys towards urgently needed new ways of thinking and being.
Peter Hawkins, author of Leadership Team Coaching.

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